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Cavs trade Isaiah Thomas to Lakers

Cavs trade Isaiah Thomas to Lakers

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavs decided they've seen enough of Isaiah Thomas and shipped him off to the Los Angeles Lakers along with Channing Frye and a protected first-round pick.

Thomas, acquired by Cleveland in the offseason trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston, played just 15 games for the Cavaliers after recovering from a hip injury suffered last postseason. Thomas is averaging just 14.7 PPG on 36.1 % shooting. The Cavs traded six players, including Thomas, Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose, and two future draft picks in moves created to not only help them in the short term but could potentially help keep LeBron James beyond this season.

The trade deadline is at 3 p.m. ET Thursday.

For one night, LeBron James made all of Cleveland's problems disappear. The Cavaliers never gave Thomas a real chance to bounce back from his injury, and if he would have been able to turn it around, then the Cavaliers would be immediate favourites in the East. Cleveland also traded guard Iman Shumpert to the Kings for guard George Hill.

With Clarkson in place of Rose and Wade, the Cleveland Cavaliers get a player who, first and foremost, can be relied on to play in the game. The Lakers sported a defensive rating of 100.4 with * a href="https://stats.nba.com/team/1610612747/lineups-advanced/?Season=2017-18&SeasonType=Regular%20Season&GroupQuantity=2&CF=GROUP_NAME*E*clarkson:GROUP_NAME*E*nance" *those Nance Jr. and Clarkson on the floor at the same time.




"I am a Cleveland sports fan", he said.

On paper, the move makes Cleveland healthier, more athletic and better on defense.

Both he and Clarkson will be part of their first playoff team.

Over his four-year National Basketball Association career, Clarkson, 25, has averaged 14.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.0 steals in 273 games.

Thus, they tried to split the difference on this trade, and largely wound up not doing much for their prospects either way. On top of that, they could be thinking about trying to keeping Thomas and build around a backcourt of him and Ball, but that will certainly come down to how much money Thomas is looking for. "Obviously, I only want the best for the city for sure". Hood is a restricted free agent this summer and might cost some money, and Clarkson is on a longer-term deal, but the Cavs got younger and more athletic Thursday in one fell swoop. It was quickly assumed that Thomas would be bought out by the Lakers, but Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reported that L.A. meant to keep both Thomas and Frye. The two-time NBA All-Star (2015-17) owns career averages of 19.0 points (.441 FG%), 5.1 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 456 career games (323 starts).